Autograph draft of a concert program for a recital of Wolf's songs at the Saal Bösendorfer in Vienna on April 3, 1894. Hugo WOLF.

Autograph draft of a concert program for a recital of Wolf's songs at the Saal Bösendorfer in Vienna on April 3, 1894

1 page. Large quarto. No place or date, but April 3, 1894.

Headed "Hugo Wolf Liederabend" followed by: "unter gefälliger Mitwirkung der Frl. Frieda Zerny Opernsängerin aus Mainz des Herren Ferd. Jäger, Opernsänger u[nd] des Herren Hugo Faisst Conzertsänger. Klavierbegleitung: der Componist."

Seven sets of from three to five songs (28 songs in total), all by Wolf, sets numbered "7," "2-6," and "1." Set "7" originally was set "1"; the final set "1" was added last. Each set to be performed by one singer each. Poets credited except in set 6; singers credited in sets 7, 2, 3, and 4 only.

With a number of autograph corrections in black ink and corrections in a different hand in pencil.

Slightly browned and stained; creased at folds with very minor splits.

The present document was on display at the 1960 Wolf centennial exhibition in Vienna and Graz. See Hugo Wolf: Persönlichkeit und Werk: Eine Ausstellung zum 100. Geburtstag. Catalogue by Franz Grasberger (Vienna: Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, 1960), p. 64 (item X/5); it was then in the possession of Hilde Wittgenstein, wife of the pianist Paul Wittgenstein. A printed version of the same program, with some changes, is held at the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek; another printed version including sung texts is held at the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, Vienna. HWW 114|1.

Featured singers included Frieda Zerny (1864-1917), soprano; Ferdinand Jäger (1839-1902), tenor; and Hugo Faisst (1862-1914), baritone, a practicing lawyer from Stuttgart.

"On 3rd April Frl. Zerny, Faisst, Jäger and Wolf gave a concert in the Bösendorfersaal. This was actually the first concert wholly devoted to Wolf's songs to be given in Vienna. According to the composer himself, its success was a downright sensational one... Frl. Zerny's temperament found perfect opportunities for expression in such songs as Die Zigeunerin; Erstes Liebeslied eines Mädchens; Geh', Geliebter, geh' jetzt! and Das Köhlerweib ist trunken... Nearly half of the songs on the programme had to be repeated..." Walker: Hugo Wolf, 2nd edition, p. 356. Das Köhlerweib ist trunken does not appear on the present draft of the program. Item #23704

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